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We adopted a Boxer! He's between 2-5 yrs of age, i'm guessing around 2 1/2 years old. He appears to be purebred (i'd post pics but our camera stuff is lost somewhere.) We haven't named him yet, we are having serious problems coming up with a name. But he's gorgeous with a big huge smile! He walks well on the leash, knows no, stay and get off the couch, he is also housetrained (so far as we have seen) cats don't phase him in the least and he loves other dogs. As soon as I can i'll post pics, I promise! Poor baby has his tail docked anfd ears cropped :cry: he also had a serious case of dandruff that a good sponge bath (he got neutered today) took care of.
 

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Whats his story, and where did you get him from? He sounds gorgeous, though I like them far better with natural ears :cry: Well done for taking him on, and getting him neutered.
 
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Congratulations on the newest addition to your family. I can't wait to see pictures of him.

So what do Envy and Chaos think of him?
 

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Congrats on your new baby!
It's a shame someone cropped his poor tail and ears... :( So sad

I saw a program on Animal Planet (Animal Precinct?) where someone put very tight rubber bands on an ADULT dog's tail to try to "crop" it. Poor guy almost lost his tail, but he was (involuntarily) surrendered to animal control and they were able to save it...though he has a bad scar...but such a happy tail! He wagged it constantly! (Hope his new family doesn't have fragile knick-knacks at tail height!) :lol:

My cats' dandruff is getting better (slowly) I am gradually changing their diet to one with a higher fat and protein level. Maybe he suffered from a poor quality diet before you adopted him? Just a thought.
 

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He was running along a road with another dog, a woman called animal control and they were picked up. He was in quarentine for 8 days to see if his owner would come pick him up. When they didn't, they put him up for adoption. We may not be able to keep him though :cry: He seems to think the cats are a threat to us because they hissed at him therefore they must be mean animals. We are concerned because when I went into the room with the cats and shut the door he stood up and banged his front feet on the door until I opened it. We thought this might be seperation anxiety but we tested him and he is fine with being left alone.

He also has some very bad habits, we learned he sticks his head in the fridge whenever its opened, he will follow anyone, whoever is closest to him he follows, so if he is out front and sees someone walk by he might jump the fence to walk with them. He was obviously fed human food and also let up on the bed and couch to sleep with humans, and he jumps up on people. I'm all for working on all the rpoblems with him, but the high need for human interaction to the point of obsession with humans is a problem. We shall see, maybe he is just so clingy because everything is strange and new.
 

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Is it possible to put him through obedience training? Perhaps the shelter can offer it free of charge or at a reduced rate. He is obviously very sociable and loveable, despite his bad habits, but these can be corrected with a properly trained specialist.

Good luck with the new guy! He just needs some tough love and training. I hope you are able to work things out with him. :D
 

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One very important piece of advice from me would be to let him out leash only unless you can secure your garden enough so that he can never get out on his own. If he can jump the fence, its not high enough.

I think you'll have to give it a few days at least to see how he acts once he's more settled. He sounds like he has been allowed to get away with a lot, but he must have had a good home in some ways as he seems very well socialised.
 

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Well today we had a whole rollercoaster of events. Started out going very uphill with him sitting or laying down near me wherever I was in the house to watch me as I worked. We still have yet to hear him bark. Around noon Pat called to tell me the animal shelter had called and the old owners had finally shown up to get their dog. When they were told he had already been adopted out and neutered they decided not to ask us to return him (they can ask, but we have no obligation to return him if we don't want to according to the adoption rules) They said he was almost 3 years old, he is indeed purebred, from champion bloodlines. His original name was D-bo, pronounced Deebo (what an odd name) and sure enough he responds to it. All day long he was the perfect angel, all our friends are in love with him and so am I.

Tonight however.....we have kept the cats and him completely seperate and tonight we decided to see how they would do together. We put him on the leash and allowed Kharma out (since shes least likely to freak out) to make a very long story short, the dog tried his best to lunge after and eat Kharma, who ran away. We don't know what to do, we could take the time and try and train him to be good with them, but if an accident were to occur in the meantime i'd never forgive myself. I'm absolutely torn, we were so sure he would be good with the cats after acting so calmly in the shelter.
 

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It's hard to tell by your post if the dog is actually trying to harm them or chase them so I can't offer advice that way. Our Daisy Mae chases the cats when she gets the opportunity. I was talking to the local pet store I always go to and the owners have a Doberman. Their Dobby wanted to kill their cats so they purchased some kind of collar that comes with a remote that beeps and gives off some spray. I didn't get all the details but they said it worked awesome and now the cat and dog can be left together alone. They sleep on the bed together. I didn't even consider it when they were telling me because they said it was $150 (CDN)

Any reason why the owners didn't have him neutered? Was he being bred? I am curious because that would be my reason for not returning him to them. They don't sound like responsible dog owners.

Another note..my friends named their Doberman, Dee. I thought it was cute!
 

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We didn't return him to them because after they heard he had been adopted and neutered they decided not to ask for him back. Whether that was because he was neutered now or not I do not know. I don't know if its more than chasing the cats because i'm not gonna let him eat them to see if he would.
 

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Boxers are very active dogs. They are very much a velcro dog and respond to their owners positive praise. They also use their front paws a lot. Hence.....'boxer'.

They are very playful even into their golden years. And, they don't stop. They will keep going.....very driven.

During our 'introduction period' with Harley and the two German Shepherds, Harley snuck out of the back bedroom. She went tearing across the house with our Black and Tan GSD right on her tail. We had only had Harley in the house for about 3 days, so no major training was done yet. She jumped up, to try and get up somewhere high, and Hunter snatched her out of mid air. But all he wanted to do was touch her. Remember, dogs don't have hands! That's why puppies mouth and bite everything. They are feeling everything for the first time and that is their way of doing it.

Body language is very important with dogs. What was D-Bo doing when you had the cat out? Remember, the more amped up and tense you get, the more he'll freak out on you. They feed off of your actions. If you are calm and relaxed, he'll be more likely to follow. If you are vice gripping the leash, pulling him back, even before the cat is brought into the room, then he'll be all stressed out before you begin.

Oh....and if you haven't already invested in a crate, I'd get one! :wink:
 

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Unless they came to see him, how could the original owners know that this is D-Bo? There are tons of Boxers around, after all. It would be a major coincedence, but their dog could still be out there. In my experience, Boxers answer to anything!!!! It would be a shame if you don't keep him and he has missed his opportunity to be returned to his original owners, but you must do what is right for you and your cats.
 
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